Here Right Now
The debut project by Season Six Sunday Best winner Tasha Page-Lockhart has hit the atmosphere! As the daughter of Lisa Page-Brooks from the legendary group Witness and solo stardom, she proves the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. A musical co-mingling of genre styles, weaved with her sultry alto tone, Page-Lockhart is refreshingly unexampled (take glimpse of photos from her listening party at BMI in New York).
Her debut single "Different" is a funky bluesy moderate tempo tune that speaks all about being transformed, or as the title suggests, different. Here Page-Lockhart showcases her own uniqueness with an anomalous vocal that will garner much street cred with gospel and mainstream listeners.
The 11-track project opens with the head-bobbing title track, "Here Right Now." This serves as a testimonial for Page-Lockhart, as it speaks about how she has overcome struggles. It has that Kirk Franklin essence, which is not surprising since he serves as majority songwriter, producer and the album is released on his Fo Yo Soul Recordings label.
"Fragile" is a honeyed, sweet track with nectarous lyrics regarding the delicateness of undergoing life's challenges. The Detroit native imparts a whimsical and vaporously light sound on "Welcome", regarding the congeniality of change.
Who doesn't love a duet? Lockhart's joins forces with phenom PJ Morton on "Yours." The two deliver a entrancing serenade to the most high God. They make ingenious style choices which are delivered gorgeously, but do not distract.
We all know that a must-have for this project had to be a mother-daughter combo. Lockhart joins her mom, Lisa Page-Brooks on the sprightly "I'm Living." From the musical onset you know you're in for a treat on this one, written by Page-Lockhart and hubby Clifton Lockhart. This is a big band style number, fused with some good ol' down-home gospel. I'm sure traditional gospel lovers will press repeat more than a few times.
Of course she had team up with "yo boy, yo nephew", church boy himself, Kirk Franklin. The high-spirited and zesty "Just A Little Bit" will have you reminiscing about rolling around the skating rink and bouncing to the beat.
On "Life" Page-Lockhart brings forth a bit grit and rocker edge without sounding forced or contrite. "Faith Come Alive" makes a declarative, reverential statement apropos of reawakening faith.
Page-Lockhart closes her release in an early 80's R&B fashion, kinda like Evelyn "Champagne" King on "Best Way." The fun and dare I say it... flirty tune doles lyrics of optimism, expectation and hope.
Page-Lockhart wows on her inaugural debut. With velvety smooth vocals paired with stellar (and Stellar Award winning) songwriters such as Kirk Franklin, and an impeccable musical pedigree, you could not expect anything less. Sunday Best was just a launching pad for this talent. Watch out, she's about to soar!
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— review by John Burton Jr. —
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